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By James Whittington, Saturday 14th May 2016
Creepshow 2 - Blu-ray Review
Extras: Screenplay For A Sequel - An Interview with Screenwriter George A. Romero,Tales From The Creep - An Interview with Actor Tom Savini, Behind-The-Scenes Footage with Tom Savini as “The Creep”, Theatrical Trailers, TV Spot and Still Gallery.
After the success of Creepshow in 1982 it was inevitable that a follow up would follow but it wasn’t until 1987 when it finally happened with original director George A. Romero handing duties to Michael Gornick. Stephen King was still involved with his stories being adapted by Romero but the anthology was now only three stories instead of five as in the original.
As before each story pays homage to the celebrated EC horror comics with a delightfully dark comic streak within each one and with the reduced story count they have time to settle down and give the characters more time to develop.
The three stories, Old Chief Wood’nhead, The Raft and The Hitch-Hiker all offer something for even the most hardened horror fan. Old Chief Wood’nhead is a satisfying slasher/revenge movie, The Raft is a smart combination of old fashioned monster movies and 80s teenager movies, whilst The Hitch-Hiker brings dark humour and guts to the movie. All the stories contain that certain something that make anthology movies such wonderful things. They give you so much to enjoy for the same amount of money, mixing genres and styles and as with most, attract some very respected actor such as George Kennedy and Dorothy Lamour.
Some of the effects are from Tom Savini (who also stars as The Creep, the character who introduces each tale) stand up pretty well and are all the better for being all practical. The soundtrack is what dates it the most and is a true electronic/rock fusion that brought memories of my VHS youth streaming back.
The cartoon inserts that introduce each story are pretty basic and look a tad cheap, but in a way they add to the nostalgia of the whole experience.
The extras on the Blu-ray include interviews with George A. Romero and Tom Savini, behind the scenes footage, some rarely seen trailers and a reversible sleeve.
88 Films has delivered an outstanding print for this movie which is nearly 30 years old. The picture is sharp with bold colours and some nice detail during the copious amounts of night time shots and the mono sound mix and 5.1 surround track are as clear as if recorded yesterday.
Once again 88 Films have given a classic from the past a respectful and solid release and adds another title to their ever impressive catalgue.
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